AliExpress shipping can be rather slow. To minimize the risk of complaints about long shipping time, you can always use the strategy of selling not very expensive products with free shipping option only (you can easily find a lot of such products at AliExpress). In this case customers are more willing to wait longer.
Besides, AliExpress offers some affordable shipping options within an acceptable time. Depending on your target market, you can choose between AliExpress Standard Shipping and ePacket.
ePacket delivery option
ePacket is a shipping option provided by Chinese and Hong Kong sellers. It is a great solution for online trade: ePacket delivery is not only the most economical, but one of the quickest ways for shipping small goods.
As a rule, delivery with ePacket should take 7-12 working days from the announcement. Since we’ve been long in this business, we have analyzed the statistics of shipping time and can say that the estimated shipping time with ePacket is from 12-21 working days. The term can be longer than the carrier stated as these 7-12 days’ term is calculated when the tracking of the package becomes available. And in most situations, internal transfer in post office takes 3-5 days (even if the seller updates the tracking number).
The seller should provide an ePacket tracking number or code which is used to check the status on the USPS, China Post and other tracking websites. You can track your ePacket delivery using the official website (EMS) or using third party tracking services: Postal Ninja, Track China Post, Package Mapping, AfterShip, 17TRACK, etc.
AliExpress Standard Shipping
When ePacket is unavailable (for example, your target country is the United States where ePacket cannot be used now), choose AliExpress Standard Shipping. It is a shipping logistics owned by the Alibaba Group (the company that owns AliExpress). It is a very reliable shipping method because the shipping terms and the tracking numbers are controlled by AliExpress representatives.
AliExpress Standard Shipping would typically cost $2—$3 depending on the shipment destination. This postal service provides a tracking number to check the status of shipping. As per terms, packages usually arrive within 12 to 20 days; it is the most suitable delivery option for the United States now.
So, if your target audience is European countries, choose ePacket. If you target the US, choose AliExpress Standard Shipping. Select free shipping if it is available; if not, select shipping that costs up to $3 — it will be covered by your pricing formula anyway.
Relatively cheap shipping fee (which is often free) makes AliExpress Standard Shipping and ePacket a perfect solution for dropshipping. Such delivery services as DHL, FedEx, or USPS are faster, but are you willing to pay around $20 for each package and reduce your profit?
How to find products with AliExpress Standard Shipping or ePacket delivery
With AliDropship plugin, you can easily detect products with suitable shipping options.
In Filters, select the necessary option in Shipping method from the dropdown list:
The plugin will filter out the products in the integrated database with the selected option.
To check the shipping cost, estimated delivery time and other parameters, open product details and go to the Shipping tab: